Nick Rippington wrote his debut novel, the urban gangland thriller Crossing The Whitewash, in the wake of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. As the paper’s Welsh Sports Editor he was informed at 48-hours notice that he was out of a job, and had to collect the contents of his desk from a colleague in a Wapping car park as police investigators treated the offices as a “crime scene”. Published in August 2015, the novel recently received an honourable mention in the genre category of prestigious American magazine Writer’s Digest's Annual self-published eBook awards.
The judges described it as “evocative, original, unfailingly precise and often humorous” and considered one of the leading characters, gang leader Arnie Dolan, as “terrifying”. The judge in the 2016 self-published eBook competition went on to say: “I was impressed with the development of all the characters, major and minor. Arnold is terrifying but never comes across as a two-dimensional villain. By the end, the reader can see that all of the characters have changed.” A career journalist now working on the Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday while continuing with his writing adventure, in a previous life Nick was an Executive Editor at Media Wales – the organisation that produces the Western Mail, South Wales Echo, Wales on Sunday and Wales Online in Cardiff. In his spare time he is a big fan of the England cricket team and home town football club Bristol Rovers.
He writes a blog about the team called Frankie Prince’s Bovver Boots that regularly appears on the Bristol Post website. Nick lives with his wife Liz and youngest daughter Olivia in London. He has a website which showcases his work at www.theripperfile.com and also mapped out his writing story, from first draft to eventual publication, in his blog www.imgoingtopublish.com.